Match Report

Match Report - 16 Mar 2013, Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds beat Sandal Athletic

Sandal Wanderers were the visitors to Cookridge Lane on a day described by goalkeeper Matty Lewis as a 'perfect day for football'. All the pre match talk was of Acki's current hot streak in front of goal, mainly coming from the man himself and aimed at whoever hadn't already grown bored of his rambling and also who would be selected in the Reserves Quiz Team.

Alas, it was time to make our way into the changing rooms be informed who the lucky 11 were. With the lads on the edge of their seats and finger nails being chewed Mr Bergan began. Lewis in goal. The tireless Bowman at right back. Player/Manager Mr Bergan partnered the converted Mellor at centre back with the Evergreen Mordue showing his versatility at left back. With sweat now dripping down the remaining squad members faces Mr Bergan paused...then continued. Smithy retained his place protecting the ageing back four after his 'future life' threatening injury last week with the better Todd and the curly haired, Yoga practising Gillett making up the engine room trio. Fortunately for Acki, with 2 of the remaining 5 players being defenders he retained his place on the left of the front 3 with the sturdy Clarke down the middle. With the 3rd Musketeer (Unsworth) falling victim to the white powder Jake Williams came into the team on the right. Leaving Dan 'I'm just happy to be here' Bradford and Ben Clapham to share the flag.

With the warm up done the team talk focused around not being complacent against relegation battlers and improving after being torn a new one by Bedes in the previous weeks 4-1 win.

After a slight delay, due to the Sandal keeper being late, the game got underway. In customary Mods style the stance of being on the back foot was immediately adopted. Possession and territory was too easily conceded. A corner was conceded, like robots the brothers navigated to their zones, it seemed impossible to see where the barrier could be breached......1-0. 'Offside' screamed one. 'Whos was he?' cried another. 'I've had enough' Smithy uttered and demanded he was substituted. Maybe he couldn't see a way back after conceding in the 4th minute, perhaps he believed the perfect conditions just weren't conducive to his 'style' or was it the hamstring he strapped ice to moments later than cut short his afternoon. Clapham replaced him and Mods set about overturning the deficit.

The goal slowly sparked us into life. We started getting the ball into Acki and Jakes feet and even threatened from set pieces. Little would we know that we would shortly witness a genuine bit of quality. After being clumsily bundled over by the tardy keeper, Acki was given the ball by penalty specialist Bowman and duly struck the ball in from twelve yards. 1-1.

Then came the moment of magic. Mordue, rolling back the years, controlled a high ball on his chest, went past one player with the drop of a shoulder and clipped an aesthetically pleasing 40yard floated pass forward. Breaking from midfield came Gillett who both cushioned and flicked the ball past the defender in the same movement before dinking the ball over the advancing keeper. The shock and amazement on Gilletts face as he windmilled away towards the corner flag was akin to a small child's when first seeing snow. The Modsmen acclaimed him and clutched him to their bussom to reassure him it will be ok. 2-1

With Mods now in the ascendency they pressed on and after a series of free kicks and corners they eventually scrambled home a third. Toddy delivered from the left hand side and after a flick from Gillett at the near post the ball was poked over the line by Clarke. 3-1

Half time was moments away and the ball was kept in sensible areas as the whistle went for oranges....that would have been what Mr Bergan wanted bit reality was different. Passes me misplaced. Runners were lost. This led to Sandals centre mid striding through towards our defence and with noone going to him he unleashed a daisy cutter that clipped Mattys right hand post. A let off and lesson in concentration. The whistle went. HT 3-1.

Mr Bergan focused on continuing hard work and concentration and who 'wants it'. We went back out and it was much of the same. For the first 20mins we created a few chances and remained solid at the back. As the game wore on the quality of football got progressively worse and with possession being surrendered readily Sandal grew in to the half, found space in the middle of the park and started applying pressure going forward. The back five stood strong and repelled any attacks with Sandal only ever getting in behind with help from some odd offside non-decisions leading to both Lewis and Bowman trying explain the offside rule to the official.

On 75minutes Trainee Linesman Bradford was brought on to replace Bowman and immediately took it upon himself to beat Smithy to the 'Shortest appearance of the day' award. As he let out a blood curdling scream the gathering crowds knew his game was up. Smithy and Bowman duly helped him from the field with his knee being the source of discomfort.

Mr Bergan carried out the necessary re-shuffle moving Clapham to right back and Williams into the midfield 3. The expected late pressure came without fuss and Mods picked up a vital 3 points in our quest for the Senior B title. Next week sees Beeston St Anthony's visit the home of football. A double carrot for the Mods - the opportunity to go 3 points clear at the summit of the league and also revenge their early season cup defeat.

Up the Mods

Ben Bowman
Business Performance Analyst and Penalty Specialist

Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds 3 - 1 Sandal Athletic ()

Name Goals Details
1 Matty Lewis  
2 Ben Bowman  
3 Dale Mordue  
4 Josh Smith  
5 David Bergan  
6 Damien Mellor  
7 Nathan Clark   1
8 Jake Williams  
9 Adam Todd  
10 Phil Gillett   1
11 Andrew Atkins   1
12 Ben Clapham  
13 Dan Bradford  
14 A.N. Other